A back-alley and a chicken shop inspire playwright

A fantastical show with a setting that is both otherworldly and very personal, Chicken Girl is the newest production from rice & beans theatre. The show will run from May 24–June 7 at the Orpheum Annex. A personal connection Chicken Girl is written and directed by Derek Chan, co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre. It contains three different…

The theatrical world of puppets

In Shadows, Strings and Other Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets, visitors will be able to explore a series of elaborate stages that have been created especially for the puppets exhibition. Curator Nicola Levell believes that visitors will be surprised by how the gallery has been transformed in order to accommodate the exhibition. “It is incredibly…

A devotion to paper

The exhibition On the Same Page: Transforming Paper runs May 10 to June 15 at Cityscape Community Art Space. It showcases 12 artists working with paper, a material most people use every day. “This exhibition features artists who are using paper obsessively and are interested in the materiality and versatility of the material,” says George…

Processus – a nexus of student creativity and artist mentorship

Mythmaking and its role in making sense of the world is the focus of a new exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery this spring. Processus, a collaborative project between Point Grey Secondary students in mentorship with artist Diyan Achjadi, aims to expand the perspectives of students beyond simply looking at art as assignments. “We wanted…

Global Soundscapes Festival From differences comes musical harmony

The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s (VICO) Global Soundscapes Festival will feature the debut of the mini-opera Debris by Rita Ueda, inspired by the debris that traveled across the ocean to Canada in the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami. “The opera is based on a documentary film of the same name by John Bolton,” says Ueda. “In Japan, the…

Scandinavian Treasures: A cultural travelogue of Europe North

Come to the north! The Vancouver Cantata Singers ( VCS) present Scandinavian Treasures: Songs of the North at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre on May 25. The singers will perform choral arrangements of songs with roots in Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland, offering a kind of musical travelogue that shares the experience of journeying through…

Spirit of India

Spirit of India will be celebrating the art and culture of India with an exhibition of the works of 26 South Asian artists living in Greater Vancouver. It is a platform for South Asian artists to meet other local artists, bring awareness to the controversial topics they showcase with their art, and share a little bit…

Amplifying a voice displaced

Marking the eighth anniversary of the March 11th Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, UBC hosts (March 17) documentarian Hitomi Kamanaka and her newest film Little Voices from Fukushima, a film focusing on mothers and their children displaced by the disaster and subsequent clean-up efforts. M.V. Ramana, Ph.D − Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Affairs, professor Faculty…

Penning Filipino experiences

The Filipino-Canadian Writers Collective consists of a young community of local writers who seek to showcase Filipino stories. Raphael Diangkinay, one of the founding members, will play a key role in hosting ‘Sampaguita Perspectives’ – a Celebration of Filipino-Canadian Writers which will be held on May 14 in the Montalbano Family Theatre at Vancouver Public Library. ‘I…

Comics open to everyone

The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (VanCAF) is back for its eighth instalment. The VanCAF will bring together artists and fans for a series of workshops, panels and a general exhibition that will provide a forum to interact with and discover creators with all sorts of styles and backgrounds. The festival will run May 18–19 at…

Filipino art platform energizes Vancouver

The Pacific Ocean proves to be a nexus of ideas for Vancouver. Four of metro Vancouver’s art galleries synergize their curatorial efforts to host an event showcasing a Filipino art platform and its founders. Load na Dito comes to Vancouver May 22 at the Western Front Society. It will be free and open to the public.…

Interweaving the worlds of journalism and fiction

Vancouver-based writer and communications specialist Carlo Javier shares his stories about how he got into writing, both in journalism and then fiction: one that explores the relationship between people and technological devices and another that provides a critique on the holistic identity of Filipinos in Vancouver. “I try to walk on days where it’s quiet so I can…

Melody McKiver: Classical music meets Indigenous stories

Melody McKiver, Anishinaabe composer and violist, will have her Vancouver debut per-formances at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Western Front on May 17 and May 18, respectively. Growing up with musician parents, McKiver has pursued music since childhood, first starting on violin and then picking up drums and percussion, studying all of them to…